BATON ROUGE – Initial unemployment insurance claims for the week ending Feb. 20, 2016 increased to 2,958 from the previous week’s total of 2,306. For the comparable week a year ago, ending Feb. 21, 2015, 2,144 initial claims were filed.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,858 from the previous week’s average of 2,783.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed for the week ending Feb. 20, 2016 increased to 22,849 from the previous week’s total of 22,779. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable figure of 20,939 for the week ending Feb. 21, 2015.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 23,018 from the previous week’s average of 22,966.
Updates to the LWC’s unemployment information processing system are still being implemented. As a result, the following data are not currently available: the break-out of interstate claims, Louisiana unemployment insurance claimants' parish of residence, unemployment insurance claims by industry and UI claimants who have received at least one check during the reference month in Louisiana.
For more detailed information on occupational groups of unemployment insurance claimants, visit www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information.
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Weekly Claims Data webpage includes the following: UI Weekly Claims Data by Regional Labor Market Area and by Parish, UI Weekly Claims Data by Industry for Louisiana, UI Definition and UI Monthly Claimant Characteristics by Parish. To access these products, select Labor Market Information at www.laworks.net, scroll down the LMI page to the LMI Products section, and select Unemployment Insurance Claims.
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